Combat Documentation/Production Specialist (MOS 25V)

U.S. Army recruits receives wait for further in-processing after receiving their initial haircuts during basic combat training at Fort Jackson, S.C.
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Initial Training Overview

Training for this MOS consists of nine weeks of Basic Training, followed by 28 weeks, 5 days of Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Mead, Maryland. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.

Additional Training Information

Specific formal training opportunities for this MOS, including advanced training courses available at specific points of the soldier's career, can be found on the Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS) Web Site.


During Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT), the Army limits a soldier's personal freedom, using a "Phase System," which grants increased freedom, based upon phase of training. For details, see Army Training Phase Restrictions.

Training Details

This course provides instruction in theory and application of photographic fundamentals, captioning, chemistry, optics, sensitized materials, light sources, exposing, processing, and printing black and white negatives, camera operations for standard and studio photography, exposing , processing , and printing color negatives, quality control, and sensitometric procedures. Electronic imaging including digital cameras, scanning hardware and software, imaging and graphic software, image transmission, archiving, and editing are trained in theory and hands-on applications. Provides training in the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties required for visual information production assignments supporting video documentation of training and operations, public affairs, joint operations, and studio missions throughout the Armed Forces.

The scope of training includes the operation of the DVC PRO video camera, a variety of editing systems, audio studios, lighting equipment, the principles of framing and composition, camera placement, audio and video editing, visualization, story telling, and a working knowledge of audio and video applications for television and studio operations.